Nothing is more chic, slimming, and elongating than head-to-toe black. But the all-black ensemble can quickly turn boring if you don’t add some interesting elements. Take it from me, (Jennifer) someone who wears black 350 days out of the year. The most important thing to remember when creating an all-black outfit is to vary the textures and fabrics. This will give the look more depth and keep it looking interesting, unique and fresh.
Leather was all over the runways for Fall, from sweaters to shirts to cuff bracelets. It is a perfect element to tie into your work wardrobe but the key is to keep it simple. Take the first look for example: The leather accents are in the details of the lapel. To lend more flair and creativity to a work suit, pair it with a textured, leather skirt like the one pictured above–when executed well you will look like you own the joint!.
Another trend that we don’t think is leaving anytime soon is the peplum blouse, as seen in the second look. The classic brocade fabric gives the peplum such a timeless, feminine feel. Combined with a cropped jacket and a skirt or slacks, this look can be taken from day-to-night.
Another great texture item that adds a visual interest to black, that can go from season-to-season is the sheer blouse. We love this as a closet staple because it’s perfect for layering over with a blazer or cardigan. For casual days, you can rock it with skinny jeans and heels or slacks for dinner.
If you don’t want to bother with coordination try a textured black dress. Natalie loves this Maggy London number from Nordstrom with its varying shades of black to grey. Pair with black tights and boots and you have an effortless all black ensemble for work and more.
Lastly, the final touches to an all-black ensemble are the accessories. From head-to-toe, these key elements are what will pull your all black look together. Just as you would mix up the textures and fabrics of your clothes, you can also go that route with these final touches. This is the fun part!
You have an all-black canvas to add a lil bling, so do so with a neutral structured bag or spiked heels if you are feeling a rocker vibe. Even the simple touches will work seamlessly with this look. Simple patent black heels and a statement-making shiny silver cuff bracelet may be all you need.
The best way to wear an all-black outfit should be in a chic, modern way with textures and interesting accessories. No matchy matchy suits or somber looking outfits. Dressing up should always be fun! Hopefully, these tips have inspired you to see black clothes in a completely different way and have influenced you to try all-black casual dressing.
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For more tips on working with color and so much more check out Natalie’s bestselling book, Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. It is available in Paperback, Kindle and Abridged Ebook Format.